The Miami Marlins fan base is going through one of the toughest offseason in MLB history. Their fans have seen one of the top lineups in baseball get gutted and shipped off to other MLB teams for prospects. It is tough for fans to understand why Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and others had to be dealt. Chances are, the Fish aren’t done yet and will likely trade away J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro. The Marlins are going to struggle for the next few years but there’s a silver lining to it. The Marlins have received some of the top prospects in baseball and with some development, might be future MLB stars in a few years. Here are the top five prospects in the Miami Marlins farm system.
OF Lewis Brinson
Just recently, the Miami Marlins traded away outfielder Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers for four prospects. The top prospect the Fish got in the deal was outfielder Lewis Brinson. The 23-year-old outfielder was the Brewers’ top prospect and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. On MLB.com, Brinson is the 13th ranked prospect and the fifth ranked outfielder prospect in all of baseball. This was an impressive haul for the Marlins as Brinson is a future All-Star and one of the game’s brightest young stars. With Brinson being dealt to the Marlins, he will likely start this upcoming season at centerfield. He already has some MLB experience and is expected to be one of the top producers in the Marlins lineup. Brinson could also be one of the favorites for N.L. Rookie of the Year.
RHP Sandy Alcantara
Just like Brinson, Sandy Alcantara was the top prospect that was involved in his trade to the Marlins. Alcantara was one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects when he was traded to the Marlins for All-Star OF Marcell Ozuna. The Fish made a decent trade with the Cardinals as they need hitting and the Fish desperately needs pitching. Alcantara is one of the hardest throwing pitcher in the minor leagues but he still has some work to do. “He is a huge right-handed starter who works at 94-100 mph and shows four pitches with none of the secondary offerings very consistent,” ESPN’s Keith Law. Alcantara has sown some progress with his curveball and slider but he isn’t MLB ready yet. Another year in the minor should do the trick but if Sandy does pan out, the Marlins might have found themselves a future ace.
RHP Jorge Guzman
The Giancarlo Stanton trade was one of the most questionable moves in all of baseball. The Fish had traded away the National League MVP to the New York Yankees for Starlin Castro and some prospects. The top prospect involved in the trade was the right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman. The 21-year-old righty was one of the Yankees top prospects but was worth the loss for Stanton. Guzman is also a flamethrower like Alcantara but Guzman might have a little more control than Alcantara. Guzman possesses one of the most powerful fastballs in the minor leagues that has hit 103 mph. There are some questions about whether he will stay as a starter or a reliever. He tends to overthrow when he reaches back for more velocity. He complements his big-time fastball with a slider and a changeup that is still being developed.
OF Monte Harrison
One of the other prospects that was involved in the Yelich trade was outfielder Monte Harrison. The 22-year-old outfielder is one of the best and most powerful athletes in the Marlins farm system. Harrison is a big, strong outfielder that can move very well and hit for power. Coming out of high school, Harrison was a Perfect Game All-American and a four-star wide receiver. Harrison signed to play football and baseball at Nebraska but was drafted by the Brewers in the 2014 MLB Draft. He runs a 6.65 runner, throws 97 mph from the outfield. He has the potential to be one of the Marlins’ top power hitters in their lineup but needs to work on his plate discipline and pitch recognition. A year or two in the minors should develop him enough to become a starter for the Marlins soon.
LHP Trevor Rogers
With the 13th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Trevor Rogers. The prep left-handed pitcher was one of the top prospects in all high school baseball. According to Perfect Game, Rogers was the fourth ranked prep prospect and the top LHP in the country. Rogers is a 6’6” 195-pound pitcher with a ton of velocity and movement. When it comes to lefties, they aren’t usually the hardest throwers, but they have plus off-speed pitches with nice movement. Rogers tops out at 95 mph and sits in the low-90s. All his pitches have nice movement and has solid control on all his pitches. Throws lots of strikes but also needs to add some weight to add some strength to increase velocity and more spin on his off-speed pitches.